CTRL-A Select-All not expanding to outermost level

Steps to reproduce

New File
Add a couple of items
Zoom into one of them
Add a couple of sub items
Add a note to the ‘title’ (parent name I guess)
Also add a note to one of the sub items

So great, we now have a little document we want to copy and paste somewhere else.

CTRL-A selects the note we just added to the sub-item
CTRL-A expands to select the item and its note
CTRL-A expands to select the set of both items and the note
CTRL-A does NOTHING ??!!??

Expected result

What do you expect to see after carrying out the steps above?
CTRL-A expands to select the ‘title’ item with its note, as well as the sub-items and their note. i.e. I want to copy the structured info I see on screen. All of it.

The REAL kicker is that I then find I can’t even do this with the mouse! I can’t even select just the heading item and its note at the same time.

Actual result

Instead of the expected result, what happened?

The selection never grows to incorporate the heading. I have to zoom out, and then select the content I want from in the middle of a giant collection of stuff.


Chrome (stable) 77.0.3865.105 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Website in it’s own window
Not yet!

Additional information

Additional comments

I did a search, but didn’t find this reported. So maybe I’m missing something obvious. Maybe it’s Chrome-OS related but that is unlikely. If it is unexpected behaviour, let me know if there is anything I can do to help diagnose.

I believe it’s done on purpose. The header (currently focused item) isn’t selectable because there are many operations that doesn’t make sense to operate on it, for example, collapsing it. Other times, selecting it may cause issues or unexpected behavior: what if we select the header, and press delete or backspace?

Also want to add that it’s the first time we hear this request since Dynalist started operating ~2015 so that’s very interesting. I would assume that means most people don’t really run into whatever you were trying to do…